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Kenneth Branagh factfile

  • Northern Irish-born English actor (December 1960).
  • He is perhaps best known for starring in and directing several adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V - earning him Academy Award nominations.
  • Branagh is one of only two non-American actors to be nominated for Oscars for acting, writing and directing - and one of only nine people to achieve the honour.
  • He is currently acting in British television series Wallander, among other projects.

Hollywood star Branagh to be knighted by Queen

Hollywood star Kenneth Branagh will become the latest acting knight today.

The Oscar-nominated actor, director and screenwriter, known for his Shakespeare works and more recently as Swedish detective Wallander on the BBC, was knighted in the Queen's birthday honours in June.

The Belfast-born 51-year-old will be made a knight bachelor for services to drama and the community of Northern Ireland by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Hollywood star Kenneth Branagh. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He joins the likes of Alec Guinness, Michael Caine, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley and Laurence Olivier in becoming a thespian knight.

Sir Kenneth, who also directed the recent Hollywood blockbuster Thor, said he felt "humble, elated and incredibly lucky" at the award.